In celebration of birds!

by Naomi on September 4, 2009

in Wildlife

Huge THANK YOU to Sandy and Hills of Africa Travel for featuring some of Dave’s fish eagle photo’s on their fabulous blog: http://livethemagicofafrica.wordpress.com/.

Have a look there and read Sandy’s insightful article on these stunning birds. She taught us a new term – “kleptoparasites” – which fish eagles are categorized as because they have “been known to steal prey from other bird species, as well as steal eggs and young from other water birds’ nests”.

Dave shot a phenomenal sequence in the Okavango Delta which illustrates this perfectly. It involves a fish eagle swooping in to steal a fish from a saddlebilled stork. The series is included in Sandy’s post, but it’s so exceptional that I’m going to add it here too.

Dave supplied this sequence to Birdlife South Africa, an organization which “Gives Conservation Wings”. It is printed across the contents pages of their beautiful book, “A Feathership of Partners”, which was conceptualised and created by Malcolm Drummond – thank you, Malcolm! If you love birds, please visit their site (www.birdlife.org.za) to see how you can help 🙂

SUCCESSFUL CATCH...

SUCCESSFUL CATCH...

BIG FRIGHT!

BIG FRIGHT!

DIVE-BOMB

DIVE-BOMB

CONFRONTATION

CONFRONTATION

FLURRY OF WINGS

FLURRY OF WINGS

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY...

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY...

No breakfast for the birds, but the fish was smiling!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

ethnicsupplies September 4, 2009 at 8:29 am

ooh That is soem photography, I wish I was there

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Naomi September 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

Hi Ida, thanks so much for commenting…and for hooking up on Facebook! It’s been great to meet you on Twitter 🙂

This was a very special experience for Dave, who’s absolute favourite is action photography. It was one of the rare times I wasn’t with him, so I share your sentiment – wish I was there too!

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hillsofafrica September 5, 2009 at 4:00 am

I absolutely love these pictures, Dave & you, Naomi, are wonderful people – thank you so much for sharing your amazing journey & photos with the world.

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Naomi September 5, 2009 at 6:38 am

Thank YOU, Sandy, for your sincere appreciation and support. It’s wonderful to find kindred spirits on the web! We really look forward to meeting you in person 🙂

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Merlene Spies September 5, 2009 at 9:21 am

Absolutely fabulous pictures. What an amazing experience to share with you.
Thank you.
Merlene

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Naomi September 5, 2009 at 9:58 am

Hi Merlene, how lovely to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to leave a special comment – sincerely appreciated!

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